FOSTER’ Shaun Everington became the first Foster senior player to win the Alberton Football League’s best and fairest award since Rob Davies was a joint winner in 1984.
The 22-year-old onballer was a clear winner with 30 votes, getting out to an early lead and never being headed.
He picked up six best afields, with five of these coming from rounds 11 to 16. He never polled a vote after round 16, missing the last game of the season due to the flu and a chest infection.
Shaun started his football career in Eden in NSW and then Orbost as a junior.
From there he moved to Box Hill before joining the Foster Tigers for a season. He moved back to Melbourne to play with Northern Bullants in the VFL before returning to Foster, a club he says he loves. He has won Foster’s best and fairest on two occasions, including this year.
He thanked all his team-mates, everyone at the club and also his parents in his response to winning the Peter Moore medal.
After five rounds Shaun led with nine votes from team-mate Nathan Grylls on seven and Justin McMicking on six.
At the conclusion of round 10 Shaun was up to 15 votes with team-mates Nathan Grylls on 11 and Shem Hawking 10, followed by Phillip Island’s Beau Vernon and Kilcunda Bass’ Damien Holmes on nine.
By round 14 Shaun had the medal safely in his keeping with 24 votes, followed by Don Epa from MDU on 12 with Vernon and Grylls, followed by Hawking and Holmes 11 and Fish Creek’s late mover Chris Graham on 10.
With four rounds to go Shaun had moved to 30 with Vernon 15, Epa and Grylls 14 and MDU’s Roy Mullens on 13.
The fast finishing Chris Graham surged home to record 20 votes to be runner-up after missing seven games during the season with a shoulder injury. The rest of the pack read Vernon 18 in third, Epa 16, Korumburra-Bena’s Tim Smith 15, followed by Grylls, Tarwin coach Jamie Cann and Stony Creek ruckman Brenton Byrnes all 14 and Mullens and Tarwin’s Travis Cameron on 13.
Century goal kicker Justen Jackson took out the reserves best and fairest award while Toora thirds centreman Sam Whatley won the thirds top award.
Goal kicking awards were handed out to Justen in the reserves (101), Tarwin’s Albert Russell in the seniors (84) and I. Osman in the thirds (54).
The VCFL most disciplined club went to Korumburra-Bena and was accepted by junior coach Neil Edwards.
The winner of the Rising Star award was Sam Docherty of Phillip Island, who was not in attendance.
The Yarram Football Club catered for the day at the Regent Theatre, and did a first class job of catering.
The power point presentation of the voting by league secretary Lyn Whelan was first class.
The season concludes this Saturday with the grand final being held at Inverloch, with Foster taking on Stony Creek in the seniors, Korumburra-Bena versus IK in the reserves, Kor-Bena v. Yarram in the thirds and Kilcunda Bass v. Dalyston in the fourths.
Bring it on!